Written by Zaid Bawab
Lebanese star Elissa just released her awaited new music video for the song "Illa Kol Elli Bihebouni" (For All Those who Love Me) on Rotana's official youtube channel, and the least we can say is that we are literally in tears right now.
The 'Krahni' (Hate Me) hitmmaker published a monochrome picture to her twitter account teasing the release of the video that is directed by Lebanese director Ingy Al Jamal earlier this morning saying "Good morning lovers! Are you ready for the clip? Let’s start a campaign for the countdown. It’s 1% uploaded now".
Good morning lovers! Are you ready for the clip? Let’s start a campaign for the countdown. It’s 1% uploaded now pic.twitter.com/fP0qG24xgL— Elissa (@elissakh) August 7, 2018
The song's video was uploaded a few hours ago to production label Rotana's youtube channel.
It gets you thinking Elissa is doing another music video with a fictional story at first, maybe a biographical video inspired by another star's story battle with breast cancer (like Kylie Minogue). You eventually discover that it is actually an autobiographical piece about Elissa herself as the video's shots intercut with actual real footage of Elissa, including her fainting on stage incident earlier this year.
The phone calls and voice overs in the opening sequence of the video are real and are actual recordings of phonecalls or voice notes exchanged between Ingy, the director of the video and Elissa, possibly during preparations for the new video.
The video and what it reveals certainly make it more logical why Elissa decided to release such a song at this time in particular, in which she expresses her love for those close to her and her lovers, many of whom actually appear in the video - including Tony Semaan and Makeup artist Bassam Fattouh.
The song makes us feel lucky that we are witnessing the transition of a Lebanese singer into a legendary artist which arguably did not happen since legendary Lebanese singer Sabah, who passed away a few years ago.
Congratulations to Elissa for a success that has added to her list, and for her courage in passing through this silent struggle and being able to talk about it publicly, raising awareness about breast cancer through her art.
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